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PoliCon
03-02-2009, 03:27 PM
http://www.gizmag.com/magenn-mars-floating-wind-generator/11109/

February 27, 2009 Wind power is notoriously flighty, particularly at ground level. Most turbine-on-a-post wind powered generators operate at around 20-40% of their rated generation capacity, simply because wind is intermittent and changes direction. But a generator situated 500-1000 feet above ground level would enjoy much more consistent strong wind - which is why the Magenn MARS system makes so much sense. It's a helium-filled rotating airship that spins in the wind on the end of a variable-length tether that also acts as a power transmitter, and it's expected to operate at more like 50% of its rated capacity. Each MARS system will be cheap and portable, which will make them extremely useful in rural, camping and emergency situations. A prototype has successfully been flown in North Carolina. A great idea that makes economic sense.

CONTINUED (http://www.gizmag.com/magenn-mars-floating-wind-generator/11109/) STILL ONLY 50% efficient. :rolleyes: Cool though.